Just ordered my Gecko body!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by count_funkula, Nov 7, 2002.

  1. I just ordered this beauty.....
  2. very nice bass
    i like the inlay
    what kind of wood is the body?

  3. The body is alder with a flame maple top. The neck is wenge with a wenge fretboard.:D
  4. Gooood..

    Hey, did you just order the body or the electronics too?
    What else is it going to have? (PUps, Preamp, Additional finish, etc) And How much is it going to cost?

    I'm thinking on getting a Gecko fretless five
  5. So far I have just ordered the body. I will order the neck and other parts next week. It will have:

    Kahler bridge
    Gotoh tuners
    Seymour Duncan ASB-5 pickups

    I figured the whole thing to come out to $1,078.
    Thats a lot of bass for that kind of money IMO.
  6. That wenge neck's gonna weigh a lot, but it's a five. Wood choices seem to merge the best of Warwick and Fender, which ain't a bad thing.

    Hey Count, any chance you work at ED NPC there in Greenville? If you don't recognize the shop lingo, then you don't.
  7. Sorry plankspanker but I don't recognize ED NPC...

    I work at L3 Communications, previously Raytheon.

    Do you think I will experience any neck dive with the wenge neck?
  8. If the bass is balanced properly, there should be no diving. It may influence your lower (body) strap-peg placement "off-center," as it were. That's an all wenge-necked Warwick in the avatar. (For SALE-go to the classifieds!) Wenge will hold its shape and give thundering tone, fo' sho'!...but it's dense, and thus, heavy stuff.
  9. Very nice! I've seen that body on the site.

  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    No, not at all. The Gecko has a nice long upper horn, so unless you install a 20 pound Fat Finger, you'll be fine. I'm not kidding, either: my MTD 535 has a wenge/wenge neck and a very light tulipwood/myrtle body, and I get no neck dive.
  11. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    I built and am currently gigging with a gecko 5 with a wenge/wenge neck but the body is korina with a maple burl top. I'll get some pics this weekend and get 'em on the board. My pickups are Barts but they're the bigger split-coil soaps - same size as EMG 40's. I have a Warmoth jass 5 with the Duncan ASB5's and I had Warmoth route the PU holes closer together than the normal J route - so they're actually a lot like the gecko spacing. Check out the gecko PU spacing vs. the same PU's on a deluxe 5 on the Warmoth site. The close spacing really changed my deluxe 5 and got rid of a lot or rumble - really tightened up the low end. All in all I think you'll love your gecko. My electronics are Bart - the 5 knob preamp (5.4 ??). I also wired in a three-way mini-toggle for selecting outer coils / inner coils / all four coils. Killer tone range! Enjoy the project.
  12. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    I'm pretty sure wenge isn't any heavier than the hard maple most often used for bass necks. If it is, just slightly.

    Warwicks' balance problems are due more to the body design.

    edit: looks like I'm wrong :) it's a bit heavier. Best I can find is




    Showing wenge as 20% heavier than sugar maple.

    Anyway. . .I haven't heard anything about wenge-necked MTDs being neck-heavy. :)
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Very Nice. I can't wit to see pics of you playing it. :)
  14. Nino,

    Don't you have a Gecko with the Seymour Duncan ASB-5 pickups? How do they sound?
  15. That really looks great! Are you ordering a preamp as well?
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yeah, my blue one has them & they sound really good. I have it with an Aguilar OBP-1 & it's very warm & focused. The sound almost sounds slightly compressed.

    Personally, I like passive single coil p/u's or EMG single coils (EMG 40J's) but I wanted something alittle different when I built this bass.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=503321">
  17. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001

    Dang Nino... thanks for the gas.. man that is soo sweet... If you ever decide to part with that let me know...
  18. I'm not planning on installing a preamp. I've found that I rarely make adjustments to my sound with the onboard pre so I decided to just keep the controls simple. The pickups are active so I will still get a really clean sound. If I decide I need more tone shaping controls I will buy an external Aguilar preamp.
  19. funkasaurus


    Apr 23, 2001
    Los Angeles
    That looks sweet!

    Why is the neck cut at an angle where it meets the body? I've seen that on other basses and I'm just wondering if it's cosmetic only or if it has a functional purpose. Thanks.